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Frank Gehry

Frank Owen Gehry is one of the world’s most inventive and pioneering architects. His use of unusual materials, flowing forms and interlocking structures is legendary. Achievements such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Gehry’s abstract masterpiece, bear eloquent testimony to his remarkable talent.

Born in 1929, in Toronto, he relocated with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Southern California in 1954. After studying at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, he returned to California and opened his first architecture firm in 1963.

Mr. Gehry’s commercial, residential, museum and performance projects reflect both an urban vocabulary and his long association with contemporary artists. The deconstructive aesthetic for which he is most noted evolved from a fascination with the artists’ hands-on approach to their work and their creative impulse that defied trend and tradition. Through his own wildly imaginative sketches and models, Mr. Gehry gave feeling and spirit to form without regard for symmetry or staying true to the Modernist grid. In so doing he redefined architecture, producing buildings of startling new dimension, dynamic and sensuous, with sleek, curving details. In the words of architecture critic Paul Goldberger, “Mr. Gehry is an architect of immense gifts who dances on the line separating architecture from art but who manages never to let himself fall.”

Mr. Gehry has earned the highest awards in the architecture field, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, awarded in 1989; the National Medal of Arts in 1998; and the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1999. His most famous structures include the Vitra Design Museum (1990) in Germany, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (1997), the Experience Music Project (2000) in Seattle, and Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) in Los Angeles. He was also the subject of a 2005 documentary, Sketches of Frank Gehry, by movie director Sydney Pollack. By engaging the architect in conversation, Pollack reveals the seminal events that shaped his life and how his unique style evolved.

In 2003 Mr. Gehry established a partnership with Tiffany & Co. to create an exclusive jewelry collection that launched in 2006. Rooted in an exquisite understanding of materials and structure, the collection explores the expressive potential of precious metals, wood and stone. Like his buildings, Mr. Gehry’s jewelry and home collection exude vitality, with Tiffany skillfully realizing the spontaneous twists and turns of the architect’s inventive style.

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